Ah, London. It seems like yesterday I lived in South Kensington with a group of my closest friends whilst studying abroad for a semester. I never quite realized how much I took that entire experience for granted until it was over. It was three years ago around this time of year that I was packing up my things feeling extremely bittersweet about leaving a place that started to feel like home. At the same time, I was excited to see my friends and family back home. I had so many stories to share and photographs that my loved ones couldn’t wait to see. When I got to Heathrow Airport for my flight back home in May 2013, I felt a bit heartbroken because I knew I wouldn’t be back in London for a very long time. Little did I know, I would be back twice after one year and then again the year after that.
It’s funny how life works out sometimes. You just never know who you’ll meet or what experience you’ll have that might have a positive (hopefully) impact on your life. I met someone very special shortly after graduation and because of him, I’ve been able to return to London more than I ever imagined I would when I left. I’ve recently returned from a trip to the UK and thought I’d share how I spent my weekend in London. Although this vacation was over in the blink of an eye, it was the perfect little getaway I needed to take a break from my everyday routine.
I spent the better part of Saturday at Stamford Bridge watching Chelsea vs. Manchester City. Unfortunately, Chelsea’s loss was a bit embarrassing, but it was all made better with the Pizza Express my boyfriend and I enjoyed afterward. Saturday night was spent in Covent Garden with a few cocktails and then back to K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherd’s Bush. Apparently the hotel bar turns into a really awkward club with a DJ after midnight and we had the pleasure of watching people dance in ways that entertained us for the rest of the evening. We woke up to the sun shining brightly through the hotel window and I was excited to get out and go for a long walk.
Although I was a bit tired from having a late night out, I wanted to make the most of our Sunday morning in London. We made our way downstairs to the lobby area to enjoy a quick bite of the continental breakfast and then we began a 40 minute walk to The Muffin Man Tea Shop in Kensington. The journey there was met with many distractions on my part. We passed too many beautiful homes and there just wasn’t enough time for me to capture them all. I snapped a few shots of quiet street corners, pollarded trees and endless flats in the same white color and size. I love how quiet London is for being such a big city, it’s almost like being in the suburbs. I rarely ever feel overwhelmed whereas New York can be such an overwhelming, busy city.
The Muffin Man Tea Shop was charming and small. It was nestled on a street corner with a few tables and chairs in front for guests who wished to sit outside. We sat in a cozy corner table inside and ordered a pot of Early Grey tea for two. The front of the shop had a big glass enclosed area for all of the sweets and treats including muffins, cakes, scones and more. The tea they served was loose leaf tea compared to commercial tea bags, which is what most people are familiar with. Sometimes loose leaf tea can be a bit too perfumy and strong for my liking, but this one was just right with a little milk and sugar. I had a tuna mix and cheddar finger sandwich, which was delicious. It definitely hit the spot since the continental breakfast didn’t fill me up much.
I did wish we could have stayed in London longer, but we had to leave fairly early as our check-out time was at 2:00pm. We hopped on the tube to make it back just in time to gather our things and head out the door. Although we had to leave sooner than I hoped, I was looking forward to the delicious Sunday roast dinner we were going to have when we arrived back in Calne, Wiltshire. To top it all off, the honeycomb ice cream we had for dessert was a great end to a perfect weekend. Have you ever been to London and if so, what do you love most about this city?